Shawn Jones, son of Samantha and Edward Jones, was born full-term. He weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 18½ inches long, but at 5 months old, it was discovered that Shawn had a congenital heart defect.
Shawn had emergency open heart surgery to fix a ventral septal defect and remove a supramitral membrane. His parents were told that he would eventually need a mitral valve replacement.
In December of 2009, at 13 years old, Shawn had his mitral valve replaced at WVU Hospital. His valve was replaced with a mechanical valve which requires him to be on lifelong blood thinners.
Since the surgery, Shawn has done remarkably well. He is a senior at Mountain Ridge High School and is very active with sports, hunting and fishing.
Each year, Shawn participates in March for Babies, along with a group of his friends and his little brother, Seth.